Swiss Marcel Hug took his fifth gold medal (out of 6 medals in total) during these championships. He won the wheelchair marathon in an impressive 1h28min44sec. despite of the tough circuit and the heat in Lyon this morning.
The « Silver bullet » with reference to his silver helmet appeared to be the front runner from the beginning of the race. The gap widened between the athletes while running the first long uphill that clearly increased the difficulty of the circuit made of 2 small laps and 4 big laps. Soon the number of competitors fell to five. Then, Hug rapidly found himself alone and gained a 40 sec edge over his rivals.
The Helvetian 27-year-old athlete went it alone and did not give it up. Instead he added one more medal to his collection. Later, Polish Tomasz Hamerlak and Japonese Kota Okinoue fought for the podium during the final sprint. Poland took silver whereas Japan took bronze. As far as French are concerned, Denis Lemeunier finished seventh.
Among women athletes, Swiss Mélanie Schauer went ahead Japonese Wakako Wutshida and Swiss Edith Wolf winning the sprint in 1h49min45sec.
Regarding standing category, Morrocan El Amin Chentouf (T12) managed to run 42.195 km in 2h29min47sec, thus winning his third gold medal during the 5,000m and 1,000m. Among T11, Chile’s Cristian Valenzuela outsprinted his opponents in 2h44min33sec whereas in T46, Italy’s Alessandro di Lello managed a superb 2h33min42sec.